Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Watch the 1986 "Disney's Living Seas" Television Special

By Keith Mahne

Who doesn't love a classic Disney television special? Especially one that celebrates the opening of a EPCOT Center pavilion. If you're in the mood to travel back to Epcot in the 1980s and revisit The Living Seas pavilion as it was on opening day then you are going to love today's new article. Disney Avenue has searched under every nook and cranny to find the 1986 NBC television special titled, "Disney's Living Seas" which was broadcast on January 24, 1986 to promote the opening of the new Living Seas pavilion at EPCOT Center. The special, hosted by John Ritter and featuring guest appearances by Olivia Newton-John, Laura Branigan and other 80s stars, is sure to put a smile on any retro Disney fans face. Join us today as we revisit the original EPCOT Center pavilion in all its glory...

This 1986 NBC television special called "Disney's Living Seas" that you are about to see features the history behind the new pavilion. As any classic Disney special would, the show includes footage of water-themed Disney films, a look at ocean life, a segment with Dr. Robert Ballard's discovery of the Titanic wreckage on the ocean floor, as well as another one with Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran talking about escaping from a sinking yacht while reciting the poem "Sea-Fever."

"Disney's Living Seas" is a classic 1980s Disney TV special in all its glory

You will also get to see a clip of Duran Duran's "Rio" music video for good measure. Laura Branigan pops in to sing "If I Were A River" and let's not forget about Olivia Newton-John's music video "The Dolphin Song." Like I said, this is a classic 1980s Disney TV special in all its glory. Time to start the show! Enjoy friends...

(For your viewing pleasure, please be sure to pause the Disney Avenue Music Player at the top, left-hand corner of the page prior to playing the video below if you are on a desktop computer.) 


Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday.

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